Risc-Kit is an EU FP7 research project, aiming to provide a response to an ever increasing erosion and flood risk faced by European coastal areas, taking into consideration both risk reduction and resilience increasing needs (www.risckit.eu). Within the project IMDC is developing a prototype early warning system for the outer harbour of Zeebrugge, aiming at forecasting the impact of storm surges and waves on the infrastructure within the harbour.
Recent and historic low-frequency, high-impact events (Xynthia, Ligurian Flash Floods, 1953 North Sea storm surge) have demonstrated the flood risks faced by exposed coastal areas in Europe. Future risks may be expected to increase due to a changing climate and increased population density and economic value in coastal areas. This projected increase in risk along coasts requires a re-evaluation of coastal disaster risk reduction strategies and a new mix of prevention, mitigation and preparedness measures. Additionally, strategies to help affected communities recover and restore their functions after a flooding event will help increase resilience.
Resilience Increasing Strategies for Coasts – toolKIT is a European FP7 research project, aiming to provide a response to an ever increasing erosion and flood risk faced by European coastal areas. The main objective of the RISC-KIT-project is to develop methods, tools and management approaches to reduce risk and increase resilience to low-frequency, high-impact hydro-meteorological events in the coastal zone. Specific objectives are:
Within this project, IMDC developed a prototype early warning system and tested a Bayesian decision support system for the harbour of Zeebrugge, aiming to forecast the impact of storm surges and waves on the infrastructure within the harbour and to assess the flood risk. A full description of this Early Warning System for Coastal Flooding for the port of Zeebrugge can be found in the paper published in Coastal Engineering: “An impact-oriented Early Warning and Bayesian-based Decision Support System for flood risks in Zeebrugge harbour” https://doi.org/10.1016/j.coastaleng.2017.10.006
RISC-KIT delivered ready-to-use methods, tools and management approaches to reduce risk and increase resilience to low-frequency, high-impact hydro-meteorological events. The open-source and free-ware RISC-KIT tool kit consists of: